Benefits of SUD Counseling Certification for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals

SUD Counseling Certification is a resourceful educational step to expand your career options and improve your service capabilities. For professionals already holding degrees or licenses in mental health fields, primary care settings, and as licensed social workers, substance use disorders (SUD) are common in almost any patient population.

Hence, obtaining SUD Counseling Certification can expand the breadth of your behavioral healthcare services.

At the same time, such a certification will broaden your employment horizons, potentially opening new doors and leading to new opportunities.

The SUD Program at Tarzana Treatment Centers College

At Tarzana Treatment Centers College (TTCC), our admissions staff understands the work demands of anyone in a healthcare setting. As a result, we offer a program tailored to each student’s needs. Since you might be more than just a student and have a busy workload with multidimensional responsibilities, we have made the extra effort to make the TTCC program work for you.

For example, most of our SUD Counseling Certification classes are offered online at your convenience. While we focus on the quality of our educational offerings, we also make sure that students, particularly professionals with jobs and families, to have access to these programs. Moreover, we want to accomplish this task without causing difficulties or unnecessary challenges.

The TTCC homepage clearly states, “The mission of Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. College (TTCC) is to expand access to a quality and affordable healthcare learning experience for adults in all stages of their professional career and development.” By turning this mission into a viable reality for behavioral healthcare professionals, TTCC can substantially contribute to the needed expansion of the workforce.

Professional Benefits of SUD Counseling Certification

Three Professional Benefits of SUD Counseling Certification:

  1. A Multitude of Employment Opportunities
    1. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an 18% increase in SUD Counseling positions over the next decade. The need for substance use disorder treatment is a high-growth industry.
  2. SUD Counselor Certification Improves Standing and Status
    1. A behavioral healthcare professional will find that obtaining SUD Counseling Certification can improve their reputation and credibility with employers and potential patients.
  3. Expansion of Employment Geography and Locations
    1. By obtaining SUD Counseling Certification, new doors open with new employment possibilities, both in the type of healthcare providers and the location of those potential jobs.

Beyond these benefits, however, one more reason makes perfect sense for healthcare providers across the country and in every potential location.

The Importance of Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders

Although co-occurring disorders may not be more common today than ever before, they certainly are more recognized. In behavioral healthcare treatment settings, most patients come into treatment with co-occurring disorders, including substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and chronic physical health problems like diabetes and STDs.

With any of these co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders tend to be the most apparent and immediate option to address. If a patient stops taking drugs or drinking alcohol, all the other co-occurring disorders tend to improve as well.

With Substance Use Disorder Certification, behavioral healthcare professionals gain the training needed to assess and treat substance use disorders. Even if the treatment is an initial detoxification, it begins a process that leads to long-term treatment options. To learn more about how TTCC can help expand and widen your career, please contact us today.

TTC College and LA City Council Expand Behavioral Healthcare Employment

Opportunities for behavioral healthcare employment are expanding in Southern California. For example, government entities and nonprofit organizations lead this expansion process. As the educational extension of Tarzana Treatment Centers (TTC), Tarzana Treatment Centers College (TTCC) is working hard to expand opportunities. In February, the Los Angeles City Council approved recommendations to improve behavioral health services’ coordination, delivery, and communication.

By focusing on coordinating and delivering behavioral health services through modernized communication systems, the LA City Council is keeping pace with the 21st century. Reflecting a 12-0 vote, council members want to highlight organizations by council districts that provide health services. Hence, each organization must provide its take on comprehensive strategies that will best serve Angelinos.

LA City Council and Behavioral Healthcare Employment

At the same time, the LA City Council is looking to address behavioral health workforce shortages through possible incentives. For example, student loan repayment, payment of school and certification fees, and moving stipends are some ideas on the table. Such an expansion of behavioral healthcare employment reflects the heart of TTCC’s mission. Addressing intersectionality and workplace bias, TTCC offers many programs that make behavioral healthcare employment an inclusive and diverse work environment.

Such a workforce issue motivates the LA City Council to make these changes. Indeed, in their research, the LA City Council discovered the following: “According to the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California’s February 2023 report, which surveyed 57 counties across the state, more than 70% of county behavioral health agencies had difficulty recruiting new hires.” Given such difficulties, educational programs like TTCC are critical to the solution.

Behavioral Healthcare Employment and TTCC Opportunities

Beyond providing vital behavioral health services at nineteen locations across LA County, TTC promotes the use of evidence-based practices (EBP) and innovative health interventions based on science and research.  To address workforce needs in California, TTC offers a variety of programs that allow students to start their training in a way that is tailored to their needs. From Continuing Education Opportunities to the Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification Program to the Medi-Cal Peer Support Services (PSS) Certification and Project Open Doors (POD); an online General Education Development (GED) preparation program.  These offerings provide great opportunities for employment to all individuals seeking job positions in behavioral healthcare.

On the TTCC website’s home page, the intent of these programs is clear:

“The mission of Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. College (TTCC) is to expand access to a quality and affordable healthcare learning experience for adults in all stages of their professional career and development. As part of this mission, we implement academic courses and student activities with an emphasis on the delivery of quality integrated healthcare services based on evidence-based practices, patient-centered care, and reducing total cost of care.”

By combining quality with opportunity, TTCC reflects the goals of the Los Angeles City Council’s new directive. Thus, TTCC is here to open the doors of opportunity for adults wanting to access behavioral healthcare employment. However, you need to take the first steps in the process.

Take the First Step to Behavioral Healthcare Employment

On the TTCC home page, follow these steps to learn more information about each of TTC’s multiple offerings:

  1. Complete the Interest Form Online
  2. Schedule and Complete a Student Interview
  3. Sign the Enrollment Agreement
  4. Begin Your Coursework

Indeed, it is easy to begin an academic program in behavioral health services.  To learn more, visit our TTC College website.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Hope: Ubuntu Rising Scholar Academy’s Commitment to Justice-Impacted Lives

Let’s paint a picture: In this dynamic realm of innovation, where technology and creativity meet social impact and service, we find a team dedicated to inclusivity, intersectionality, and the prosperity of changing people’s lives one step at a time. While we dedicate the entirety of our hearts and souls into our work, each day our team walks away from our offices with a cup more filled than ever before, feeling a sense of change within ourselves, and evoking the idea of hope within our own communities. This is our picture of humanity that we strive to paint in absolute detail.

My name is Gianfranco Silvestro, and I currently serve as the Program and Re-Entry Coordinator of a new program at Tarzana Treatment Centers College that aims to pave pathways and open doors for individuals who may have never had the opportunity to walk them before. Introducing the Ubuntu Rising Scholars Academy, a beacon of hope and support for the justice-impacted community seeking to rebuild their lives and enter back into their communities more inspired and invigorated than ever before. Committed to fostering empowerment and holistic well-being, our comprehensive array of resources aims to address the diverse needs of individuals on the path to re-entry.

At the heart of our mission is a dedication to creating community inspired synergies, shared visions, and providing vital resources for the justice-impacted community. Our list of offerings begins at home with our array of family planning resources, recognizing the utmost importance of nurturing strong foundations for individuals and their loved ones. Our recently developed food pantry resources ensure that no one in our community goes hungry, fostering a sense of security and stability so that one maintains the vigor needed to pursue and persist. Additionally, homeless resources are extended to those in need, offering a lifeline towards finding a place to call home, to rebalance, and to reset.

The Ubuntu Rising Scholars Academy is not just a steppingstone, but also serves as a launchpad for individuals seeking meaningful employment opportunities that may have not been on the offering table prior to their introduction to our rising program. Our job placement resources pave the way for career opportunities, empowering individuals to reclaim their place in the workforce. For those navigating the complexities of justice-impacted lives, our specialized resources offer comprehensive guidance and interconnected support throughout the re-entry process.

Embracing the essential and ever-increasing need to prioritize diversity and inclusion, we provide tailored resources for the LGBTQIA2-S+ community, recognizing and affirming the unique needs of each individual and the challenges they are faced with, and must overcome in this world. In collaboration with medical professionals both within our agency and among our growing community, our medical resources and referral offerings ensure that health is a priority on the journey to a brighter future where we can all become the change we wish to see and create in this world. Mental health and wellness resources are seamlessly woven into our extensive support network, acknowledging the paramount importance of emotional well-being.

In a society grappling with the relentless upsurge in living costs, our utility resources are designed to alleviate financial burdens, while clothing resources offer the dignity of proper attire for those who are positioned to commence the journey of seeking employment or career opportunities. Recognizing the intricacies of substance use disorders, our resources provide a compassionate and informed approach towards each individual’s recovery processes. Veterans seeking to reintegrate into civilian life can also experience a sense of belonging by connecting with a compassionate community through the specialized resources we offer that are available to our underserved veterans’ community.

Transportation resources bridge the gap between aspiration and accessibility, ensuring that no one is left behind. The Ubuntu Rising Scholars Academy is not merely a resource center; it’s a community-driven initiative, fostering resilience, hope, and a sense of belonging for all. Together, we rise, rebuilding lives and empowering futures.

In the relentless pursuit of addressing challenges such as hunger, homelessness, and the barriers faced by justice-impacted communities, our commitment is unwavering. While our responsibilities may seem to be far from over, we excel and exceed upon these expectations. The warmth and appreciation we receive from those we serve continually replenish our spirits. As such, we extend an open invitation to both those in need and our valued community partners to stand alongside us in this collective effort. By joining forces, we believe in not only alleviating immediate hardships but also fostering a sense of unity that transcends traditional boundaries. We aspire to create a space where the closed doors for the justice-impacted are flung wide open, and individuals impacted by adversity can find not only support but also the tools to pay it forward in ways that are both creative and inspiring. Through understanding who we are and embracing what we offer, we endeavor to cultivate a community that thrives on compassion, innovation, and the transformative power of collective action.

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